Welcome to 5Q,
a self-development bodywork.

5Q refers to the five qualities or movement principles that are part of every movement Howard Katz has encountered to date. The approach breaks down movement into five simple categories; Carry, Flow, Throw, Put and Fall.

5Q is a movement system designed to support, develop & improve natural human movement in everyday life as well as dancing, acrobatics, sports and all types of extreme movement. We all need structure to find out who we are and where our talents lie. Nothing is really absolute, but I offer these probabilities as rules of play. This system allows its practitioners to identify where their talents and vulnerabilities lie, improving both artistic technique and physical and creative longevity.

This work takes you through a series of given and improvised movement material, based on the study of physics and human movement. The five movement qualities, stated above, are also repeatable movement motors that define where a movement impulse begins and how to consistently repeat it, with less effort and more imagination. This approach expands and challenges both brain and body and is a key to a strong and flexible technique. It allows us to master any movement challenge with the analytical power of a scientist and the intuition of an animal.

I have structured this system for beginner, intermediate and professional level movement practioners and performers of all kinds, who wish to expand and develop their movement quality and add to their vocabulary.